Lakers Host John Ireland Will let Money Talk Instead of Taking Pledged Walk

UPDATE: Ireland addressed his declaration in the first few minutes of Thursday’s show. As you could imagine, he backed out of his promise to quit his job and walk home from Cleveland. Instead, he is pledging $200 for every point the Lakers lost by ($1,000) for the Autism Speaks Walk in April that he will be doing (his goal is to raise $2,344 – you can donate here). He also said he would sponsor five campers for Dave Miller’s MVP camp next year. Here’s the audio of Ireland addressing his promise and his charity plans:

KCAL 9 Lakers reporter and KSPN radio host John Ireland was so confident the Los Angeles Lakers would beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday he declared on the radio he would “quit my job and walk home if the Lakers lose.” Sure enough, after making strong promises like that the Lakers did the unthinkable and lost to the worst team in the NBA 104-99. Just in case Ireland didn’t know the way back to LA from Cleveland, we mapped it out for him:

Ireland, who is a former co-worker of LB and extremely nice guy, was obviously not prepared for the guarantee to blow up in his face. He actually predicted a 13-point Lakers win, so it’s not as if he envisioned a blowout. Ireland said he would return to LA for an event in Manhattan Beach Thursday, then fly back to Cleveland to walk home. At that point he’ll only be a guest on his former show.

Here’s the audio confirmation from the Mason & Ireland Show on Wednesday:

Move’s on you, John. What will it be?

Around The Web

  • http://twitter.com/CWardHenninger Colin Ward-Henninger

    Haha, I’d do it if I were him. Anything to keep you from having to watch the Lakers play.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a bold statement for a non-mexarab. http://www.mexarab.com

  • http://twitter.com/EverLast04x Alberto D’Agostino

    Run Forrest run

  • Anonymous

    And Ben Maller lost a bet on the success of Derrick Anderson years ago where he said he’d walk to Cleveland.
    Then he chickened out and agreed to come visit SpinMax and do the show locally here.
    Yea like that was ever gonna happen.
    Larry better remember of what I speak

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2ADCJ2A7RXJ3BNKO67OBQAV6J4 Jesse Sanchez

    i am honestly more shocked that he trusted the lakers than of him quiting and walking home lk come on its the lakers bro

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A5DFNJMJCFCD5YCFBBXGLHWV7Y bridgettt

    y r the lakers such a hated team?

  • http://twitter.com/jturner49 Joseph Turner

    “Assuming he “only” walks 8rs/day, 5 days/wk. It will take him 5 months to walk home…. Good Luck with that!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SC75KKDSGZGTKPSYSAVV5YHSYI Speedy

    They better start excepting those rumor trades, if they want to win there third championship in a row! San antonio, Boston and Maimi are no joke, they have to step up and do something!!!

  • http://twitter.com/DodgersKings323 DodgersKings323

    People hate winners

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I remember when he said he’d walk to Tucson the year Arizona blew its huge lead to Deron Williams and Illinois. Of course he didn’t do it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y74WHZ4Z7QC5NTEPTFIQNA2DQY kyle

    John Ireland, You paid 1000 bux to a charity instead of quitting your job and walking from Cleveland… How much did it cost you to lose your man marbles? You may think we suck but at least we have a NFL team!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think we have to take the acceptable options, if john Ireland let money speaks for good, he put the money on charity its like dropping by, what’s the bad thing about it, if he’s not the kind of man of his word, he still helps.

    Veronica Watts,
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